Hello Kitty Cake ♡

I baked a cake today for my birthday friend 😀 She and her daughter loves Hello Kitty, so I thought to surprise them by making a very cute cake!!

I’d love to introduce my quite healthy Hello Kitty cake. I mean “healthy” by not adding any artificial color to make it. Okay, please let me show you how I’ve done it 😀

First, bake a sponge cake. You can use whatever recipes you like. Once the sponge is done, you will wait and let the sponge chilled since it is much easier to cut them when it’s cold.

Let the sponge chill for a while

Then, slice the sponges into 2 to 4 layers. Also, you will cut the sponge’s outline as the face of Hello Kitty. You don’t have to be so nervous about this 😀

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On each layers, spread a whipped cream and put some fruits, and make layers. I used lots of sliced strawberries since my friend’s daughter loved them 🙂 You’ll also cover the top and side of the cake nicely with the cream!

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Now, the most important part is to put eyes, nose, whisks and the bow!! I’ve used sliced strawberries to make a bow. For the eyes and whisks, I used chocolate. (Precisely speaking, I had ganache at home, so I just used them by shaping them nicely by pushing and rolling them.) For the nose, I’ve used a chestnut.

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Now, Hello Kitty is ready to be eaten!!!

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Maybe you will try to make one for your friends or for the party you’re planning? 🙂

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I’m sure it will brighten up the atmosphere and people will love it 😀
I hope you will enjoy making this cute cake ♡

Let's make an anchor as a summer decoration :)

I love the anchor motif!!! I think we all need this motif more of less as our summer decoration!!!
I spent quite some time to create the anchor crochet pattern. Today, I can finally share the pattern with you and I’m quite happy with that 🙂

You can use whatever yarns and hooks you want to use. Well, let’s get started 😀

 

This time, the instruction will look slightly complicated (but not so difficult to follow), so I made a diagram to explain the pattern. I also wrote how to proceed the pattern in the picture just next to the diagram. For those who don’t like reading symbols, I will also explain in words. My tutorial “step” numbers are synchronized with the numbers written in the picture below.

 

◆Anchor pattern in a crochet diagram◆

Symbols Route

 

◆Abbreviations◆

  • ch(s): chain(s)
  • ss: slip stitch
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • sc: single crochet
  • hdc: half double crochet

 

Step 1. Make a double magic ring. Ch 1. (1 sc in the magic ring, 1 ch) three times. Close the loop of the magic ring. Ss to the 1st sc.

Step 1 Step 1 -done

 

Step 2. Ch 8. 1 hdc in the 3rd st from the hook. 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts.

Step 2

 

Step 3. Ss to the point “A” (shown in the picture below). Ss in the next 2 sts to get to the point “B”.

Step 2-2

 

Step 4. Ch 8. 1 hdc in the 3rd stitch from the hook. 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts. Ss to the point “C”.

Step 4 Step 4-2

 

Step 5. Ch 9. 1 hdc in the 3rd st from the hook. 1 hdc in the next st.

Step 5 Step 5-2

 

Step 6. Ch 9. Ss to the 7th st from the hook.

Step 6 Step 6-2

 

Step 7. Ch 2. [1 hdc, 2 hdc in the next st] around. (10 hdc)

Step 7 Step 7-2

 

Step 8. 1 hdc in the next 2 sts.

Step 8

 

Step 9. Ch 4. 1 hdc in the 3rd st from the hook. 1 hdc in the next st.

Step 9 Step 9-2

 

Step 10. 1 hdc next 2 sts together.

Step 10 Step 10-2

 

Step 11. 1 hdc in the next 5 sts.

Step 11

 

Step 12. Ss to the bottom.

Step 12

 

Cut the yarn and trim the end 🙂 DONE!!!

Anchor!!

 

If you like, you can make some chs with another yarn, and wrap the anchor nicely!!! I made 30 chs 🙂

Anchor -different version.

 

Enjoy decorating things around you!! 😀
I decorated a summer hat with this anchor. Please have a look on my hat here.

anchor decorating example

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my tutorial 🙂 Happy crocheting ♡

 

*** Notes ***

I have invested a lot of time in creating the pattern, taking photos, writing the instructions as clear as possible, therefore it will be really kind of you to respect my rights.

If you have a blog, I’ll be definitely happy when you write about this pattern (and your achievements).
At that time, I can never be happier if it would have a link to my blog! Thank you ♡

 

*** Added on November 2015 ***

I have opened a jewelry shop on Etsy. I try to make jewelry that I also can use in any occasions. Please have a look there by clicking the photo below.

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